The Newground outdoor education team have been teaching pupils important survival skills in their own school grounds.
The session covers the basics of survival in a wilderness situation which are shelter, fire and water.
Shelter is vital to guard against exposure to extreme weather and can also act to attract attention to your position. Pupils have improvised shelters using tarps to keep themselves and their group dry.
Fire is a necessity in a survival situation to keep warm, purify water and then cook food. Pupils have used a fire striker to create sparks which they have then learned to transfer to a flame using natural materials to create a small educational and safe fire. They were also able to see a demonstration creating fire by friction (rubbing sticks together) and attempt it themselves under supervision from our experienced bushcraft instructor.
A person can dehydrate quickly and find simple physical tasks impossible in a matter of days. Pupils have learnt how important water is to survival and how to improvise filtration devices and then how to purify their water so it is drinkable.
After these three vital skills have been covered the children in our sessions have also been able to make jewellery to identify themselves within their new tribe and toast bread over their fires.
Whitefield Primary school in Penwortham have benefited from this workshop for the past three years, as it fits their thematic learning on survival and Robinson Crusoe perfectly. Year 6 teacher Mrs Nuttal said of the workshop:
“It was a great introduction to our survival topic in which the children were buzzing afterwards. They learnt lots and enjoyed the fact it was all practical. One still wears his necklace to school every day!”
We are able to run this workshop in any school grounds or local green space which has either a small woodland or a few trees.
If you think your school and pupils would benefit from this workshop please contact Dan McDermott on firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how to bring this exciting area of study to your school.